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Chinese Opera Teahouse, Chinese Theatre Circle

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Address: 5 Smith Street, Singapore 058919, Singapore
Phone Number:
+65 6323 4862
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

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Unforgettable evening .

Strongly recommended to all interested in Chinese culture.The place is cosy,the atmosphere is extremely pleasant.There is short spectacle of Chinese Opera,Cantonese... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 June 2016
Jerusalem, Israel
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Jerusalem, Israel
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 June 2016

Strongly recommended to all interested in Chinese culture.The place is cosy,the atmosphere is extremely pleasant.There is short spectacle of Chinese Opera,Cantonese style,performed by people who are proud of their rich and fascinating culture and able and willing to show it to whoever comes to see them.The spectacle is short and does include any acrobatics,impossible in a small place.The explanations and... More 

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Houston, Texas
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 January 2016 via mobile

Small place. The singer could not sing live that day because she was cold and she was coughing pretty much. I totally understand that but then u should get another price or cancel the show. It was very expensive for what we got. Pretty much talking. Probably the show with live singer and longer had been much better.

Thank Romesan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 November 2015 via mobile

Joined only for the delicious tea and pudding. Introductory comments to the art of chinese opera were made and proved to be very useful to take most of this experience. Only issue was some members of the Theather speaking during the presentation....they should be more respectful for their own art and with their guests.

Thank Alexandre P
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 November 2015

There was a final total of six patrons inclusive. We had a set Chinese meal which was fine and the whole feeling was of sitting in someone’s dining room having their home-cooked meal. It was a nice ambience. After a hour a leader of the Chinese Theatre Circle gave a talk explaining various aspects of Chinese theatre operas, makeup, footwear,... More 

1 Thank sadoldman
Fontainebleau, France
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 July 2015

I travel to Singapore 5/6 times a year for business, but this time I took my kids and was looking for more regional things to visit. This did not disappoint. The tea house is tiny, tucked away in a busy chinatown street. When you arrive at first you don't know what to expect. But then out host, with breathtaking make-up... More 

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Suffolk, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 June 2015

This a very small, but very friendly venue. We really enjoyed the presentation and the short performance. The performers are keen to ensure that visitors have a great experience. Photography is welcomed, unfortunately we had no camera with us, but they kindly took a group photo and emailed to me later. If you have any interest in this art form... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 March 2015 via mobile

The Opera Troupe that performs here are well known and have won many accolades. They are passionate about sharing their talent and craft. I attended a session which included a 3 course Chinese meal for $40. You have the option of skipping the meal and just attending the performance for $25. I did not particularly enjoy the food as it... More 

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Adelaide, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 February 2015

We really enjoyed both the food and the event at the Chinese Opera Teahouse. The venue is in Smith St, a busy location in the middle of Chinatown. Inside and away from the crowds outside, you are first provided with a Chinese meal which we very much enjoyed. The introduction to the opera was informative, and covered topics such as... More 

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Phnom Penh, Cambodia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 May 2014 via mobile

The food was good. But the performance was too short. The performer spent about 3/4 of the time doing presentation and only about 15 mins performance. The performance was good though and I wish they have it longer.

1 Thank kagnarithchea
Jessheim, Norway
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 February 2014

We had a wonderful time at the Chinese opera teahouse. First we had a real Chinese meal which was home-made on the spot and truly delicious, and then the actors explained the most important aspects of Chinese opera to us. After that a most impressive performance started and we were all really enchanted by it.

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